Jeb Bush: Romney campaign ‘wasn’t the best’

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, March 5, 2013 9:37 EDT
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) appearing on MSNBC. Photo: Screenshot via YouTube.
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said Tuesday morning that he didn’t think the last Republican presidential campaign was well run, saying it breaks his heart that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is not president right now.

“It just breaks my heart that he’s not there,” he said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” clipped by Talking Points Memo. “He’s a good man. He didn’t run — his campaign wasn’t the best. But he would have been a really fine president.”

Bush, author of the new book Immigration Wars, added that Romney’s campaign did not offer an “open message” that was inclusive of immigrants and minorities. “It was one that — you know, for a guy as good as he could have been as president, I think he got off, in the primary, to the wrong start and never recovered.”

Romney said in one of the early Republican primary debates that he supported something called “self deportation,” where American life would be made so miserable for undocumented immigrants that they voluntarily leave. Latinos ultimately voted against him by an overwhelming margin.

Early text from Bush’s book shows that he supports letting undocumented immigrants stay in the country, but without granting them citizenship. He appeared to flip-flop on that position on “Morning Joe,” however, saying he would support a broader immigration overhaul “if you can craft that in law where you can have a path to citizenship where there isn’t an incentive for people to come illegally.”

This video is from “Morning Joe,” aired Tuesday, March 5, 2013.

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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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